An indigenous Johannesburg Boutique has been clamped down by the Police after it emerged that the perverted shop owner in cahoots with his male employees were in the habit of clandestinely recording innocent ladies as they tried on clothes in the shop.
The shenanigans were unearthed after an alert female customer told Police she had been trying on clothes in the changing room inside the Boutique when she saw a very small device protruding from under the wall. “As I was picking up my clothes I noticed a pen-like instrument with a a very small but sharp blue light,”she told LiveMonitor. “When I went to check it out, I realised it was a ballpoint pen with a built-in video camera. I think many women spotted the device and never thought anything of it, but then I am an electronics enthusiast and this is how I busted them”
The woman(name withheld for her safety) kept her calm and paid for her purchase before contacting the police who then together with a Forensics team managed to discover the devices.
The workers were then arrested and are being charged with secretly observing or recording a person expecting privacy.
The investigators recovered a couple of the pen cameras and seized the shop’s computer where the images were being downloaded and being kept.
Police say there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to reach out to their nearest police station.
Spokesperson for JMPD Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed the incident and said that an investigation was under way. “While I regrettably can’t comment much on any ongoing investigation, I do confirm that we received the report and dispatched a team of officers to investigate. We are shocked by the impudence of these criminals to say the least.”
We talked to an electronics boffin who had general advice on how to avoid being recorded by mischievous and criminal elements. He told LiveMonitor, If you want to find out if someone is recording you without your permission in these boutiques or lodges, the public can find hidden cameras by closing the curtains in the room and switching off the light then switching on their cell phone camera without the flash, move it around the room, if a little red or blue light is spotted on the phone then a camera is hidden in the room.